Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kevin Ollie on Visit to Newtown: 'This Community Will Prevail'

The entire UConn men's basketball team (including walk-ons) and coaching staff (as well as former coach Jim Calhoun) spent about 90 minutes at the Newtown Youth Academy Thursday afternoon. They were greeted by about 150 kids, plus several adults. The team sat at tables and signed autographs of the UConn poster of themselves for every kid (or adult) who wanted one, and also posed for many photos.

After that, they broke up into groups at different baskets around the facility and hung out with the kids. They played games like "knockout," shot some baskets and engaged in other fun horseplay.

As the Huskies left, birthday boys Kevin Ollie and Ryan Boatright were presented with cakes.

Here's what Ollie had to say, per UConn men's basketball spokesman Phil Chardis:

"We know that this community is coming together and will prevail and we just wanted to go there and show our support, show them that our team and the whole state of Connecticut is behind them. It was great for us to be able to see some smiles on their faces and to spend some time with them and do what we could. It was a great experience for our kids. We were proud and honored to be able to help.”

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